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Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part IV / VACCINATION. MOTT, VALENTINE. 1785-1865. Autograph Letter Signed to Dr. Powell, 1 p, New York, ca. 1823,

LOT 1190
VACCINATION.
MOTT, VALENTINE. 1785-1865.
Autograph Letter Signed to Dr. Powell, 1 p, [New York, ca. 1823],
20 – 29 June 2022, 12:00 EDT
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VACCINATION.

MOTT, VALENTINE. 1785-1865. Autograph Letter Signed to Dr. Powell, 1 p, [New York, ca. 1823], matted with an engraved portrait (New York 1867). Mott writes, "Dear Sir, The vaccine I sent you, you will please use on my two sons. You will insist upon its being done. If you have not ? for the sick, please let me know & they will be forwarded. Yours truly, V. Mott. [P.S.] Mr. Frank was not vaccinated yesterday, please make him submit." Old adhesive to corners on verso, light spotting.
WITH: Engraved portrait of Mott, 190 x 143 mm image size, by Johnson Fry & Co, after a photographic portrait, with facsimile signature in lower margin.

A very important letter about vaccination that reflects Mott's conviction that the procedure was important. The likely date can be deduced from the birthdates of his children. He had six sons born between 1819 and 1833: Lettson (1819), Valentine Jr. (1822); Henry (1824), Alexander (1826), Thaddeus (1831) and Francis (1833). "Sir Astley Cooper said Valentine Mott had performed more of the great operations than any surgeon in history up to his time. Samuel D. Gross considered Mott the leading American surgeon of the first half of the nineteenth century" (DAMB 2:542-543). "When viewed in the light of the general state of surgical science in the first decades of the nineteenth century, the accomplishments of Valentine Mott are nothing less than astounding. Before the introduction of anesthesia or antisepsis, at a time when most surgical procedures were conducted with haste and a certain unconcern with niceties of technique, Mott performed operations of Herculean magnitude, involving meticulous dissection and sometimes taking hours to complete. His ability to succeed in such ventures was due to a combination of boldness, remarkable technical skill, exquisite patience, and meticulous knowledge of anatomy" (Sherwin Nuland, DMB 4:907-908).

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